The Outer Rim of Science

David Bowie asks “is there life on Mars?” The X-Files made alien conspiracies cool. Blink-182 frontman Tom Delonge started his own alien search organization. A UFO clip was even confirmed by the Navy. We’ve always been curious about life beyond Earth, which begs the question — why is this research that has existed for decades considered so “fringe,” while other areas of science are viewed as more normal and commonplace? The government has even gone so far as to ban funding for this type of research and hide it from public knowledge.